The family of a five-year-old girl missing in mid Wales say they are “devastated” by her abduction as police hold a 46-year-old man for questioning.

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David Powles, Digital Publisher

In cases like this it is well established that the first 24 hours are critical, which is why we have taken the decision to run today’s appeal on all of our websites.

Clearly, even if it is established that April has been abducted, the chances that she is in Norfolk or Suffolk are incredibly slim - but you never know.

Even if one person reads this story and has information about the case it could be of help and we would urge them to contact the police, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be.

It is up to us all to do our bit, keep our eyes peeled and be aware.

Dyfed-Powys Police have asked anyone with information to contact a dedicated hotline on 0300 2000 333.

The family of a five-year-old girl missing in mid Wales say they are “devastated” by her abduction as police hold a 46-year-old man for questioning.

April Jones was with friends near her Machynlleth home when she “willingly” got into a van at 7pm on Monday.

The arrested man, named locally as Mark Bridger, would be questioned on Tuesday night, Dyfed-Powys Police said.

In a statement April’s family said: “Please, please if you have our little girl, let her come home to us.”

The statement, read at a news conference by Det Supt Reg Bevan, said: “Last night our lives were shattered when our beautiful little girl April who was playing with friends was taken from us.

“We are devastated and our lives have stopped.

“This is such a small, close knit community and we plead with anyone who has any information no matter how small they may think it is to contact the police immediately.

“Please help us bring home our beautiful little girl.”

Det Supt Bevan said the arrested man remained in custody and would be questioned that night.

Police earlier confirmed that the 46-year-old man had been arrested at about 4pm on the A487 main road north out of Machynlleth, which has been closed in both directions as far as Cross Foxes, near Dolgellau, 12 miles away.

April Jones was last seen by another child, getting into a grey or light-coloured van which drove off in the Mid Wales town of Machynlleth yesterday evening.

April’s disappearance has sparked concern in the local area, as well as further afield.

Hundreds of people from across the UK have already signed up to a dedicated Facebook page in a bid to raise awareness.

Those joining the group are able to download a missing poster, featuring three photographs of the youngster, before sharing it on their profile.

One mother wrote: “It’s every parent’s worst nightmare.”

Police and hundreds of local residents spent last night searching for the youngster, who was out playing near her home when she disappeared.

Dyfed Powys Police said today that April was wearing a purple knee-length coat with grey fur around the hood, a white polo shirt and black trousers.

A spokeswoman said: “Her abduction took place around 7pm in the Bryn Y Gog estate in Machynlleth. It was witnessed by another young child when April was seen getting into a grey or light-coloured van, or van-sized vehicle.

“While the details of what happened are vague at the current time, it appears the suspect left the scene and drove off with April.

“At the time of her disappearance, April was wearing a purple knee-length coat with grey fur around the hood, her school white polo top and black trousers.

“Many police officers and specialist teams have worked through the night, with extensive searches taking place, and many lines of inquiry are being pursued.”

Dog teams have been involved in the operation to find the five-year-old, and cars in and out of the small market town, which has a population of 2,000, were being stopped and searched, police said.

The force has also released three pictures of brown-haired April and urged anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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